View Full Version : Star Blasting Water From Its Surroundings

2008-Sep-18, 07:20 PM
The Spitzer Space Telescope has spied water in a cloud of gas and dust around a nascent star. That's interesting in itself, but even more remarkable, the water is being blasted apart by the young star's laser-like jets. Spitzer's spectrometer was used to get a better look at these jets and analyze the [...]

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2008-Sep-18, 08:34 PM
That's truly an odd finding. It's like...like....like the star really dislikes those annoying water molecules and is trying to swat them away.

BZZZZZZZZ! Begone, ye troublsome dewdrops! ZAP!

2008-Sep-18, 11:22 PM
Fraser. Little nitpik...hydroxyl also differs from water in that it has a single negative charge. Water is neutral. Hydroxyl is capable of coherent emissions in the microwave range of the spectrum, called masing instead of lasing, if stimulated properly. Jim Moran of the Center for Astrophysics is a specialist in the area. pete